EA announced that the Warhammer Online beta begins September 7th which came as a slight surprise to me. I was expecting Open Beta to arrive around the time that the NDA was ‘loosely’ scheduled to drop. At E3 Mythic made it really clear that the NDA would be dropping around the 15th While there is still time for the NDA to drop, I’m starting to think that perhaps Mythic will wait a little longer. Mark Jacobs has been talking about how there are three things on his list that he wants the team to finish, fix, or address before the NDA comes down. I believe that I know what two of those are and would completely understand the NDA remaining up until they are off Mythic’s list.
Mark Jacobs made a statement that has almost ascended to the rank of scripture among rabid WAR fans:
“As I’ve said before, my system for judging a company’s confidence in its product is based on how early the NDA is lifted. I give the game one point for every week before launch that the NDA is lifted. A score of 1 or less means big trouble, 2-4 is okay but not great, 4-8 is good to great and anything higher than that is nirvana….
If Mythic waits until September 7th before lifting the NDA then they would fall under the “okay but not great” category. If they lifted the NDA today then they’ll fall under the “good to great” category. Food for thought.
Although the open beta won’t begin until Sept. 7th I’m still holding out for the NDA to drop within the next few days. I think Mythic will take the plunge and let the game speak for itself. It’s more than capable of speaking for itself at this point. That was clear to me at E3 when I saw the game.
At least this gives me a few more days at least to get my videos done for you guys and begin on my writeups. 😀
Update #1: Mark Jacobs just posted on the WAR Vault network a huge post clarifying a lot of things including:
- NDA Drops tomorrow morning
- OB is 1 week long, they wish it could have been longer
- OB Client will be on FILEPLANET but you DO NOT have to be a subscriber
- Mythic Patcher will be used once the game goes live to update the game – NOT bittorrents
- Closed beta participants get patched into Open Beta – no need to download.
Solid list of updates! I’m very pleased that Mark clarified these issues. Now that I know the NDA drops tomorrow morning… I have a lot of work to do! Check back all day tomorrow for lots of updates!